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Beach litter trumps sharks as leading cause of injury at beaches

Have you ever been worried about sharks at Australian beaches? Maybe you have been cooling off at the beach, bobbing among the waves as they form when all of a sudden a story of a shark attack from years ago has popped into your head and given you reason to retreat just a little closer to the shore. There’s no doubt sharks have gotten a bad wrap of late, but it turns out there is a fare more unscrupulous entity you should be worried about stumbling across during your next visit to the beach.

Studies have found that you are more likely to be injured by beach litter than a shark. So why are so few Aussies concerned with the growing pollution along our shorelines?

To find out more Marnie Campbell, the Chevron Harry Butler Chair in Biosecurity and Environmental Science at Murdoch University joined Jess on Weekend Breakfast.

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